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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society


The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of public land and water, and ensuring parks are managed to protect the nature within them and in the future. In the past 50 years and more, the society has played a lead role in protecting over half a million square kilometers – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory. The organization’s vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s public land and ocean in a framework of reconciliation – for the benefit of both wildlife and humans.
Founded in 1963. Location: Ottawa, Ontario.

Climate Action Network—Canada 


Climate Action Network – Canada acts as a clearinghouse and network for more than 100 Canadian groups working on climate change. CANet’s very successful and informal listserve provides a forum for instantaneous communication on policy developments and devising cooperative strategies. CANet’s key strategy is to use information effectively. Founded in 1989. Location: Ottawa, Ontario.

David Suzuki Foundation


Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, the David Suzuki Foundation works to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. The foundation regularly collaborates with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals. Founded in 1990. Location: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ecotrust Canada


EcoTrust Canada works to establish ecologically sustainable communities (especially First Nations), renewable forests and forest practices, and protect fisheries. EcoTrust also funds community development and housing projects. Founded in 1995. Location: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Greenpeace Canada


Greenpeace’s early focus was on strengthening the international Climate Change Convention through direct action and lobbying activities. Its subsequent focus has been on stopping any further exploration and development of fossil fuels, and launching the “Solar Century.” Greenpeace is famous for its use of direct action, a tool it employs selectively. Founded in 1969. Location: Vancouver, British Columbia.

KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives)


KAIROS reaches out to Canadian church communities by organizing workshops across the country. In one year alone, between June 2000 and June 2001, more than 4,000 people attended over 100 workshops on “creating a climate for change,” promoting energy efficiency in religious buildings and reducing human ecological footprints. Founded in 2001. Location: Toronto, Ontario.

Nature Canada


Nature Canada includes a network of 350 naturalist clubs, leveraging their many members to complete research projects and make policy recommendations. They focus on endangered species, bird conservation, water resources, and parks and protected areas. Founded in 1939. Location: Ottawa, Ontario.

Nature Conservancy of Canada


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) funds the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the largest land conservation program in Canada. The NCC works closely with the Federal government. Founded in 1962. Location: Toronto, Ontario.

Pembina Institute


The Pembina Institute is a Canadian non-profit think tank focused on energy. The institute aims to reduce the harmful impacts of fossil fuels while supporting the transition to an energy system that is clean and safe. Founded in 1985. Location: Alberta, Canada.